1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?
A couple of years ago, I was an assistant professor in applied mathematics at Yale. I realized I was about to become a mediocre researcher and (or because I was) an unhappy frustrated lonely person. Joy and inspiration were gone, routine set in. I thought of all the friends I have in arts and film and how much I enjoy being around them, so I decided to start over. The first movie I produced called “Everything is Wonderful” can already be bought on Amazon and iTunes!!
I know I could do many things in my life, but honestly, I just want to have fun. That’s why I work in this industry.
2) What’s a defining moment in your life?
The births of my younger sisters. I don’t have children, but I do know how unconditional love and care feels because of them.
3) What is your biggest concern with the future?
I’m always afraid of the moments (even short moments) when I’m full of fear and concerns. I try to remind myself that these moments are just necessary pitstops on a highway to where I want to go. But I’m horrified of the thought that my car could break down at one of those ugly gas stations.
4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?
I’m in general a very lucky person with many very good friends in the industry, which kind of leads to a lot of successful moments. I’m lucky for example that the first feature movie I’ve ever produced (“Everything is Wonderful”) became such a beautiful charming film.
5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
What advice do you have for other women in the industry? There’s no advice I could give. I constantly watch and learn, so I can grow.
But a very successful female producer I worked for half-jokingly said once: “If you’re a producer, don’t wait for Thank You’s”. Best reminder to stay humble:-)
Premiere of Everything is Wonderful – photo by Peter Lueders
6) What, if anything, do you collect?
I’m crazy about essential oils!
7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?
In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media? I keep working on studio projects with great filmmakers as I’m preparing for my own projects through my company W Film Productions. I have a couple of scripts on the table I’d like to produce. One of these projects is a comedy called “Edi has a tumor” written by Pia Mechler, who also directed “Everything is Wonderful”.